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Title:Covid-19 infodemic disruption: Building resilient communities through enhanced information literacy education
Author(s):Singh, Rajesh; Widén, Gunilla; Karim, Muhaimin
Subject(s):Covid-19 infodemic
Information practices
Everyday life information literacy
Socio-cultural perspectives
Abstract:The Covid-19 pandemic has had a worldwide impact on the population, global economy, and educational institutions. Furthermore, it has spurred the development of an infodemic, a phenomenon in which staggering amounts of information, both inaccurate and accurate, rapidly circulate in society during times of crisis (WHO, 2020). The Covid-19 infodemic has not only challenged the resilience of library and information science (LIS) programs but also prompted them to revamp academic curricula, develop innovative approaches for delivering content, and equip students with skills to help them become active agents in improving society. This study presents findings of people’s perceptions about Covid-19-related misinformation across two diverse information environments in Finland and the U.S. Moreover, it also demonstrates how the Covid-19 infodemic prompted two LIS programs to revamp their information literacy (IL) curricula and discusses implications for building resilient communities with everyday life IL skills in these two countries.
Issue Date:2021-09-20
Series/Report:Information literacy
Information needs
Information seeking
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-09-17

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